Around Town: The BUKU Project New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana -- Any guide book can tell you the French Quarter is a must when in NoLa, but what about suggestions specific to The BUKU Project? That's where we come in.
BUKU takes place in Mardi Gras World (1380 Port of New Orleans Place), roughly a 10-15 minute walk south from the festival's official pre- and after-party venues - Republic and The Howlin' Wolf. So if you're looking for a place to grab lunch before the festival kicks off, a bar to keep the party going after hours, or a bar & grill combo to refuel yourself for the post-fest dance parties, read on.
The Howlin' Wolf has its very own Howlin' Wolf Den on the corner of St. Peters and St. Joseph streets, where bar crawlers and concertgoers alike can drink and eat as late as the venue stays open. Go to The Den if you want a quick break from the after-party next door with a choice of over 100 beer options or for a bite to eat on your way home after 4am. Republic has a similar neighboring bar, though one with a different name - The Red Eye Grill. Though not open as late as its Howlin' Wolf counterpart, Red Eye serves food until 11pm on weekends if you duck out of the festival early, and the bar stays open much later. Both of these locations can be utilized for daytime, pre-gaming purposes as well - they're both open for lunch.
If you're looking for lunch, dinner, or a cocktail that has more of a sit-down, upscale vibe, you won't have to venture far from the festival grounds or the after-party venues either. David Link's Cajun, Southern cooking powerhouse Cochon (930 Tchoupitoulas Street), neighboring sandwich shop Cochon Butcher (also 930 Tchoupitoulas Street), Chef John Besh's vintage diner in the WWII Museum American Sector (945 Magazine Street), and The Hotel Modern's craft cocktail bar Bellocq (936 St. Charles Street) are all within walking distance of the after-party venues and the festival grounds.
While all of these options are nearby, the most convenient place to eat is at BUKU itself - and the options aren't your typical festival fare. The festival's food page has teased a few of the vendors that will be present this weekend; and whether you want traditional New Orleans dishes, German cuisine, or even a healthy juice, you won't be disappointed.